4 easy xmas decorations for your student room

Christmas is nearly here, and all over our iQ Student Accommodation sites, decorations and lights are being put up!
If you want to decorate your student bedroom, we've got some fantastic ideas for DIY decorations. These can all be pinned up on your noticeboard to add some festive cheer to your room or kitchen. These ideas are really easy, look great and - because they're all made out of paper - are super cheap.
You can either recycle old paper you have lying around (which we encourage because it's environmentally friendly!) or go out and buy some coloured or patterned paper in Christmassy colours. Left-over Christmas wrapping paper will add to the festive look, but be warned that if your wrapping paper is too thin it may be too fragile to make some of these decorations. You'll also need some glue or double-sided tape to make these designs.

Paper chains


It doesn't get much easier than this...
  1. Cut a selection of paper strips approximately 2cm by 12cm.
  2. Loop one of the strips into a circle (with the coloured side of the paper on the outside) and glue or tape the end in place.
  3. Thread the next piece of paper through the first loop, making a second loop.
  4. Continue to add loops of paper to form a chain, which can be as long or as short as you like!
Check the image gallery below for some more inspiration...

Paper baubles

Another really simple design! Use a selection of different matching papers to make really pretty decorations.
  1. Using the bottom of a mug or glass as a template, cut out 6 circles of paper, all the same size.
  2. Fold each circle in half.
  3. Take the first circle and stick one half to one half of another circle. Then stick a third circle to the second in the same way. 
  4. Add circles until all 6 are attached.
  5. At the end, you should have two un-stuck halves that can now be stuck together, pulling the decoration together into a circle shape.
  6. Add a string or ribbon to hang your bauble.
Check the image gallery below for an idea of what your baubles should look like...


If you don't know how to make paper snowflakes, it's about time you learnt! The nice thing about snowflakes is they can be made from white paper so you don't even have to go and buy any pretty paper.
  1. Begin with a square of paper - the larger this is, the easier it will be to cut out your patterns.
  2. Fold your paper diagonally in half, then in half again, then in half again. You should then have a thin triangle of paper.
  3. Make incisions into both sides of the triangle, experimenting with different shapes and designs.
  4. When you unfold the triangle, you should have a pretty snowflake shape!
Check the image gallery below for some snowflake designs...

Paper pinwheels

These are really quick decorations. Make them in a selection of sizes and colours and cover your noticeboard.
  1. Cut three sheets of paper, each 15cm by 20cm
  2. Take your first sheet and fold back and forth to create a concertina effect all the way along.
  3. Fold the sheet in the middle to create a fan shape, stapling or sticking in place.
  4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 on the other three pieces of paper.
  5. You should now have three fans of paper. 
  6. Attach the edges of the fans to create a circle - your pinwheel is complete!
  7. Add a ribbon or string to hang up your pinwheel.
Check the image gallery below for more details of how to make your pinwheels...